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SMBs Should Increase Cybersecurity Continuous Monitoring, e-Management Survey Shows
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e-Management’s first CyberRx survey revealed 63 percent of small businesses surveyed were insecure about continuous monitoring (CM) efforts against cybersecurity threat.  The respondents, attendees at the CyberMaryland conference, included CEOs, C-level executives and IT and cybersecurity professionals of businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees. Almost 70 percent of respondents worked at companies with less than 100 employees. Though many respondents were insecure about CM, more than 60 percent provide periodic awareness training to ensure employees understand cyber threats and 45 ...
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Seats are Filling Quickly for the O365 Tour 2015!
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Join SMB Nation and your peers for a focused one day event on Office 365 in 2015.  Be sure to check out our event finder  for a city near you.  If you don’t see a city near you be sure to let us know you would like us to bring the show to you by requesting an event, located at the bottom of the event website, or send an e-mail to ednas@smbnation.com.
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WatchGuard Introduces New NGFW and UTM Appliances
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WatchGuard Technologies today announced its new next-generation firewall and unified threat management appliances engineered for SMBs and distributed enterprises. The WatchGuard Firebox M400 and M500 appliances, based on Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, outperform rival solutions, with up to a 61 percent increase in overall performance and up to a 149 percent increase in HTTPS inspection.
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Community Corner: Seattle-based Sahar Education Organization Holds Annual Event, Receives Help from Team Jenny
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On November 20, 2014, the Sahar Education for Afghan Girls Organization held its annual fundraiser at the Foundry in South Downtown, Seattle, WA. This organization, formerly known as Ayni, changed its name to Sahar, which means “dawn” in Dali, the most commonly-spoken language in Northern Afghanistan. “The fundraiser was a great success, due in part to the professional skills and contribution of SMB Nation team members, Jenny Hallmark and Edna Sparkman,” said Ginna Brelsford, Executive Director of Sahar.
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D&H Announces Two Promotions to help boost Reseller Holiday Sales
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D&H Distributing recently announced the release of two new promotions for its resellers this holiday season, particularly for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These two programs include the “Holiday Hustle,” and a special partnership with D&H vendor partners for extra Black Friday and Cyber Monday savings.
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Unitrends Unveils Release 8.0
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Unitrends recently revealed Release 8.0, a solution that provides scalable protection for EMC and NetApp NAS arrays and extends Unitrends’ support for virtual environments. Unitrends Release 8.0 also introduces extended support for Network Data Management Protocol and physical and virtual recovery for Hyper-V virtual machines in minutes.
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Guest Blog: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Sales
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The following Blog was written by Management Consultant and author Ken Thoreson Partnering up with other organizations can only help you provide a better level of service to current and potential customers. At Acumen Management, we've found that today's most successful salespeople tend to excel in six critical areas of sales management: Understanding their clients' business needs Maintaining selectivity and effective account segmentation and penetration Developing solid strategies for handling their key accounts Improving how salespeople manage their time, their accounts and th...
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IBM Verse to Transform Enterprise Email
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IBM today launched its new social collaboration offering, IBM Verse, which brings together myriad IBM platforms, innovations and ideas to integrate the ways employees connect daily. IBM Verse brings together email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates and video chats and is the first messaging system to enable users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information across various types of email content. It has built-in analytics and learns employee preferences and priorities over time. IBM Verse clients will also have the future opportunity to embed a Watson f...
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AT&T and Cisco Collaborate to Create Powerful Cloud-Based Conferencing Tool
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AT&T and Cisco are working to make conferencing accessible for business users through AT&T Conferencing with Cisco CMR Cloud, expected to be available in December 2014. This offering will allow customers to activate conferences with voice, video and content sharing on most connected devices, simplifying business conferencing. The solution can be used in-office or on-the-go, eliminating the need for expensive, fixed equipment.
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O365 Tour Registration is Open!
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  We're hitting the road in 2015 and bringing the show to you! From popular demand and many request we are focusing this year’s tour on Office 365. The Office 365 Tour has so many reasons to attend: The content, the relationships, and the fact there is no travel required. Join us for this one day educational event which offers over 6-hours of pure Office 365 content, plus the ability to join the new network of Office 365 user groups. Benefit from peer sharing and professional networking. Leave with technical and strategic business knowledge you can apply immediately to Office 365...
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World Launch: LinkedIn Cocktail Mixer Party
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I have always thought that LinkedIn should hold events to connect the people within a community. Wouldn’t you like to meet some of the people you are intertwined with and discover good business? Of course you would. Last night, LinkedIn held its first-ever event at a hip-and-cool art gallery in the Downtown Seattle area, inviting approximately 200 professionals (pictured right). I was impressed. High-end appetizers, top-shelf open bar, profile “makeover consulting” at kiosks on the floor, and professional glamour headshots (with make-up professionally applied). It was a win. I believe the c...
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Voxox Ranked 224 in Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500
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Voxox, a cloud-based rich communication semrvice, announced it ranked 224th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, which ranks the fastest growing technology, media, telecomunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. ”We are honored to be recognized as one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 companies and credit our success to the tireless efforts of our dedicated Voxox team,” said Bryan Hertz, co-founder and CEO of Voxox. “Voxox’s mission has always been to provide true unified communications for consumers and businesses, and we are proud to be recognized by such a...
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